Letters released recently by Kansas University show the wide variety of ways people can get banned from the campus.
Jill Jess, a university spokeswoman, said that KU banned 42 people in 2010 and 28 people through early July of this year. Some of those were banned from the entire campus, but the majority were only for parts of campus, she said.
Under a Kansas Board of Regents policy, the university can ban faculty, staff, students or visitors for activity that obstructs the function of the university or creates an imminent threat or danger to people or property.
The Journal-World filed an open records request to obtain the letters KU sent to people that were banned. KU didn’t release any letters that had been sent to students, citing a federal law that protects student records from disclosure.
The university also blacked out the names of the nonstudents who were banned, along with some other information.
But what they did release provides a glimpse at the kind of activity that can get you barred from stepping foot on the university grounds, at least for a limited duration.
Many of the letters simply stated that a person had been banned from student housing facilities for violating drug or weapons policy, or for criminal behavior. But some of the letters describe more unusual cases.
l One person owed $1,679.37 to KU after last having been enrolled at KU in 2007 and was not allowed to re-enroll or obtain services until the bill was paid. In February 2010, KU found that the person had been attending a class and demanding that the work done for the class be graded.
Later, the same person had been “appearing at various Student Success offices demanding services including readmission, financial aid and housing,” according to the letter.
In August, the person again demanded to be readmitted at the Admissions Office and went to Jayhawker Towers and demanded to be assigned to the same apartment that the person had lived in previously.
The person was banned from campus for three years, or until the bill was paid, whichever came first.
• A man was banned from campus for five years in April 2010 after a series of incidents in Watson Library. He came in and was “yelling at patrons and telling them how hard it is to digest food after killing people,” the letter read.
The letter described how he also defecated on the floor of a fourth floor restroom and, with fecal matter on his clothes, asked library patrons if they had any pants he could use.
He then entered Anschutz Library at 1 a.m. and grabbed a library patron’s laptop and threatened to slap him. The person also had an extensive criminal history with the Lawrence police.
• A former employee of the Kansas Memorial Unions was banned from union property for three years after she entered nonpublic areas at the Crimson Cafe in the Burge Union and talked with staff about nonwork-related matters.
She was asked to leave and only agreed to do so after someone threatened to call police. She later revisited the Crimson Cafe dressed in a parka closed around her face, accompanied by a man dressed in his pajamas, and was again reported to be agitated.
• Former Athletic Director Lew Perkins banned a man from entering Kansas Athletics facilities after he entered the Kansas Athletics marketing office and was “very aggressive to the staff members and used inappropriate language in their presence.”